Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Applied Science Education—MS

Thank you for considering the Applied Science Education masters of science. This degree program meets the needs of practicing middle and high school teachers who wish to advance their science and mathematics teaching practice. Students meet the program course requirements through a combination of online education courses during the academic year and on-campus summer courses focused on the application of science and mathematics. The program culminates with an action research project that teachers conduct in their own classrooms.

If you are seeking to enhance your teaching by developing knowledge of content, applications of content, engineering, and research practices, this program is for you!

For Science and Math (6-12) In-Service Teachers

The Master of Science in Applied Science Education (MS-ASE) degree is designed to meet the needs of secondary science and mathematics teachers who want to: 1) improve their knowledge and application of science and/or mathematics in the classroom, 2) continue their professional development, and 3) accomplish the goals of national and state curriculum standards.

This program offers a graduate degree for in-service secondary science and mathematics teachers that promotes professional growth within their discipline and addresses classroom and students’ needs. Through their coursework, graduate students will develop an advanced ability to improve science and mathematics instruction in grades 6-12 by including student-centered practices contextualized in real world applications. This emphasis is a priority in both state and national standards for secondary science and mathematics education. Through their research, students will demonstrate the ability to study the effects of instructional improvements.

An Innovative, Experiential Curriculum

Our master’s degree curriculum design is based on the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Teachers in our program interact with world-class faculty in science education, science, and engineering—benefiting from their classroom experiences and successes—and receive training in innovative teaching methods and applications. Join an inquiry-based graduate community that supports your professional development and addresses your students’ needs.

 Degree Components

Science Education Core Courses, 6 credits

Offered as online distance learning cources during the academic year.

ED 5700 - Introduction to Education Research

Overview of education research methods to develop an understanding of designing education research, including the relationship between research question, theoretical framework(s), and methods. Focus is placed on developing a literature review to help lay theoretical groundwork for pursuing education research.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

ED 5730 - Assessment and Evaluation

Methodological perspectives and techniques for assessing and evaluating student learning to inform instructional decision making.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

ED 5740 - Designing Education Research

Course focuses on designing a research project for the MSASE program. Emphasis on motivating a study, developing research questions, conducting a literature review, and selecting appropriate research methodology. Should be taken within one year of beginning research project.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ED 5700

Applied Science Core Courses, 12 credits

Take ENG 5100, offered as intensive institutes during the summer.

ENG 5100 - The Engineering Process

This course introduces the engineering problem solving and design processes. Students will learn about the engineering profession and will complete a design/build/test project.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

And take two of the following three:

ENG 5200 - Engineering Applications in the Physical Sciences

This class will show how engineers use principles from the physical sciences to solve problems and design systems. Key concepts will be linked to the Michigan Curriculum Frameworks for precollege education.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 5100 or (ENG 5101 and ENG 5102)

ENG 5300 - Engineering Applications in the Earth Sciences

This course will show how engineers use principles from the earth sciences to solve problems and design systems. Key concepts will be linked to the Michigan Curriculum Frameworks for precollege education.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 5100

ENG 5400 - Engineering Applications in the Life Sciences

Students will gain hands-on experience linking engineering technologies to the biological sciences. Participants will visit labs and field sites at Michigan Tech to observe and participate in current research. Topics covered include biofuels, environmental restoration, environmental toxins, and ecosystem measurement.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ENG 5100

Industry or Research Internship, 3-6 credits

The internship is a full time one- or two-month summer position doing applied science or mathematics.

ED 5800 - Applied Internship for Educators

Students will work in an industry or on a research project. At the conclusion of the internship, students will write a paper regarding how they will apply what they have learned in their pre-college classroom or in their own research.
Credits: variable to 6.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Permission of department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Co-Requisite(s): ENG 5100

Graduate Research Report, 2 credits

Enrollment in this course is mandatory at the time of completion and presentation of the report to your committee.

ED 5900 - Graduate Research in Education

Students will conduct a research project/report as a capstone to an approved plan of study. The student should present a project plan to their education advisor for approval, conduct whatever work is necessary for the project, prepare a final report at the conclusion of the project, and defend the project/report in an oral presentation.
Credits: variable to 6.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6; Graded Pass/Fail Only
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Permission of instructor and department required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ED 5700

Elective Science/Math Education, Mathematics and/or Science Courses, 4-7

Only credits approved by the department will be accepted.

University Degree Requirements

MS-ASE Tuition Reduction

The tuition rate for graduate students enrolled in the MS in Applied Science Education graduate degree tracks is 35 percent less than the standard Michigan Tech graduate student tuition rate. Note that only teachers with current certification qualify for reduced tuition.